Esther Cleveland (September 9, 1893 â€“ June 25, 1980)Â was the daughter of American president Grover Cleveland, she is the only child of a President to have been born in the White House.
Esther married Captain William Bosanquet in 1918, Â who became the manager of Skinningrove Iron Works after fighting in the First World War, they lived in KirkleathamÂ Old Hall which is now a museum.
This 1934 newspaper article from America newspaper pictures her outside the Hall, Esther returned to America in 1966 after the death of her husband and is buried in New Hampshire
War graves are a very common site in virtually every cemetery in the country, but its more unusual to see one for a woman.
20 year old Jean Scargill was one of 24 members of the Women’s Auxilliary Air Force who died in Yorkshire during the war. She was killed when her truck was hit by a Halifax bomber on Marston Moor on 8 July 1943.
The are many stages to this wall, built to surround the kitchen gardens of Kirkleatham Hall, some dates from the 17th Century.
I recall this being a council garden centre in 1980s when I was a child but its since become overgrown, although there was some activity in the buildings at the back, suggesting something is happening.
Chomley Turner, nephew of Sir William Turner built thisÂ school at a cost of Â£1000 in 1709 thought to be designed byÂ Robert Hooke (although Wikipedia says he died in 1703). It remained a school until 1864 when that moved to Coatham Road in Redcar.
The building was later used for convalescing soldiers in World War 1.
It opened as the Old Hall museum (even though it was never the home of the squire) in 1981.
This chandelier by Claud Demeny dates from 1735 and it believed to have originated from St. John’s Cathedral in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NetherlandsÂ although it later years it hung in the offices of insurance company Royal and Sun Alliance.
Its only been in the Almshouses since November 2007, replacing the giltwood ‘Chandos’ chandelier by James MooreÂ from around 1719 which was sold for Â£337,250 at Christies to help fund almshouse repairs. That chandelier was mades forÂ James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos for the Chapel at Cannons. Later aquired by Cholmley Turner for the Chapel of his great uncle Sir William in 1747.
As well as 20 elderly people, the Almhouses originally cared for 20 children / orphans
It actually still functioned as a school until as late as 1942, and the upper stalls in the chapel are covered in carved initials and dates (including 1797 in the picture below)
Its interesting to note that as you move along the balcony to where the staff would have sat, the graffiti gradually disappears until there’s none at the other end. I’m sure at the time there would have beenÂ ‘youth of today’ style comments about the vandilism, but now 200 years later its a fascinating insight.
Although its hard to imagine how you wouldn’t get caught it a fresh set of your own initials just appeared ?
A death mask is a wax cast made after a persons death, considering Sir William died in 1692, this oneÂ is in fabulous condition.
Calculations from the size of the head suggest he was 5 ft 3 inches tall.